Get ready for a tapas food festival for the second annual PintxosTO event on Sunday, August 23rd near Union Station at Royal Bank Plaza.

Check out a sample in photos of what to expect at the event from some top restaurants in Toronto.


Pintxos, are traditionally small snacks or tapas: typically bite sized snacks served on small pieces of sliced bread with an assortment of goodness pierced (or pinched) with a toothpick. Pair that with Barcelona’s Estrella Damm beer or Txomin Etxaniz is an estate white wine (called Txakoli) for a taste of Basque county.

Here’s the vendor lineup offering you tastes of their take on Pintxos:

  • Barsa Taberna
  • Carmen
  • Cava

  • East Thirty-Six

  • Mamakas

  • Marben

  • Patria

  • Salt Wine Bar

  • Splendido

Special out of town guests include:

  • Donostia (NYC)
  • Simply Fosh (Spain)

The event takes place on Sunday August 23rd from 12-6pm at Royal Bank Plaza Terrace at 200 Bay St (just a few short steps from Union Station at Front St).

Average tapas dish prices are said to be $3-$7 each. Admission is $10, available online at It looks like only the 4-6pm session is available online now.

The event is curated and organized by Spotlight City Events and have hosted other great food events including SlurpTO, YumCha and annual Awestruck food truck awards.

By the way, while Barsa Taberna has been offering “globally-inspired” tapas since it opened, owner Aras Azadian has told me that now with Chris McDonald (formerly Cava) now acting as Barsa Taberna’s consulting chef, they are focusing more on bringing it back to Spanish tapas. So naturally it’s a good fit for this event.

Check out the preview of Barsa Taberna’s pintxos and tapas offerings here from the PintxosTO preview event.

Photos by Nick Lee.

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